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Two big reasons why the 2020 iPhone might be worth the wait. Your face and your finger at blistering 5G speed.

Two big reasons why the 2020 iPhone might be worth the wait

Apple’s most recent patent filing reveals plans to beef up Touch ID and bring it back to the iPhone in 2020 along with 5G connectivity.

BY VANESSA HAND ORELLANA MAY 27, 2019 2:45 AM PDT. C|NET

In today’s roundup, we’re dissecting Apple’s latest patent filing, which reveals new details of a revamped Touch ID that could come to the next generation of iPhones.

There have been plenty of rumors about an in-screen fingerprint scanner on the next iPhone, dating back to the pre-Face ID days. But Apple’s latest patent all but confirms the company’s plans to bring back Touch ID in the future. Just maybe not all that soon.

The latest patent, published in Patently Apple, shows how the company plans to embed pinhole cameras behind the screen of the phone, which would be capable of creating a 3D map of your fingerprint regardless of where you position your finger.

Apple likely wouldn’t be replacing Face ID anytime soon, but this new in-screen Touch ID could be used as a supplementary form of biometric identification to make your iPhone even more secure.

What’s exciting about this patent is that it shows pictures of a working prototype, meaning Apple is pretty far along in the development process. The bad news is that it likely wouldn’t be ready to go into mass production until the 2020 cycle. This is also the year Apple is rumored to be bringing 5G connectivity to the iPhone after reaching a settlement with Qualcomm to use its 5G chips. And 2020 can’t come soon enough.  

This year’s iPhone 11 is rumored to have few major changes, aside from a three-camera array on the back and reverse wireless charging. An in-screen fingerprint scanner might have helped entice users to upgrade with the next iPhone release.

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